I have grown up during an era of some of the wussiest Democrats in the history of the party. The 1930′s had FDR publicly telling rich opponents of the New Deal to go fuck themselves. The 1960′s had LBJ corralling Democrats into committing electoral suicide in the name of ending de jure racism. So yes, I take pleasure in the normally soft-spoken Harry Reid throwing bombs at the other side with his middle finger in the air, during this self induced crisis created by the Tea Party (in their attempt to subvert the democratic process.)
He has the appearance and demeanor of a frail, weak old man, but he is actually pretty cutthroat. For example, some parts of the movie Casino are based on Reid’s experiences as the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. During that time, a man named Jack Gordon (who later married LaToya Jackson) tried to give Reid a $12,000 bribe. Reid let the FBI videotape Gordon offering him the bribe, and then, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, he “put his hands around Gordon’s neck and said, ‘You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me.'” His toughness on the mafia in Las Vegas even led to a bomb being strapped on his car…blah blah blah.
Basically, Harry Reid is like a honey badger; he doesn’t give a shit. He is most likely serving his last term in the Senate and he’s is plainly tired of fucking around with Republicans.
*** Anywhoozles, I can’t wait for Obama and Reid’s press conference after the CR is finally passed. Hopefully, they’ll walk to the podium with this beat playing in the background: